When I first started driving in 2001 the toll booths on Interstate 80 in Indiana were manned by actual people.
All that changed. The Indiana I-80 Toll Road is now owned by foreign investors from Spain and Australia. You can read the July 11,2011 article in Transport Topics here.
The 14 toll plazas on I-80 in Indiana, each having at least 10 booths for east and west traffic, were manned 24/7. The people that manned the booths had families to feed, bills to pay, and earned a decent income.
The Governor of Indiana saw an opportunity to put 3.8 BILLION dollars in the state funds for a 75 year lease of the interstate out of Indiana’s hands.
All those workers have been placed elsewhere in state jobs or have been terminated. Replaced by automated ticket machines and credit card or cash machines to pay the tolls.
I think it may be time to bring the guillotines from the French Revolution back. Congressmen saying $174,000 a year is not enough money to live on and demand raises. I say “Off with their heads”!